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Salford ranked in top 10 most improved universities

Thursday 17 March 2016

The University of Salford has been ranked in the top 10 most improved UK Universities, as part of The Times Higher Education’s (THE) 2015-16 Student Experience Survey.

The University’s survey ranking of 86 was the ninth biggest increase amongst the 117 UK higher education institutions assessed for the last academic year (2014/15). This places the University 12 places higher than last year’s ranking.

This survey is a unique assessment of the UK’s higher education institutions as it asks students to rate their universities by criteria they themselves have chosen about what they value most during their studies.  

From the quality of lectures and the standard of facilities, to the social life and industry connections available to them, the annual Student Experience Survey polls undergraduates on 21 different aspects of university life. Each aspect is judged on a seven-point scale of which students are asked how strongly they agree or disagree with the statements based on their university experience.

This year Salford excelled most in the categories ‘Good library and library opening times’ (6.0), ‘I would recommend my university to a friend’ (5.9) ‘High-quality staff/lecturers (5.8), ‘Good personal relationships with teaching staff’ (5.8) and ‘Good Industry connections’ (5.8).

University of Salford Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Marshall said: “We are delighted to hear that our students feel their experience at the University is improving. It highlights the commitment we have made to enhance their higher education journey.

“With our brand new student advice centre ‘AskUS’, our newly opened £81m state-of-the-art accommodation and £55m Arts & Media facility, which will be unveiled later this year, and our industry-focused vision, we believe the University will continue on its upward trajectory and further progress in the sector’s rankings.”

This good news comes on the back of the University of Salford recently being listed in the Times Higher Education’s Top 200 International Universities (196th). Last summer, Salford was also named as the second most improved University in the UK’s 2015 National Student Survey having scored scoring 83%, and this positively impacted on Salford’s league table position in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

John Gill, editor of Times Higher Education, added: “Increasing competition between universities and an intense focus on the student experience are still top of the agenda for the higher education sector. Our survey is perfectly placed to track what this means in practice, and which universities are performing well in specific areas – whether in teaching and learning, or areas such as the standard of facilities, in which many institutions have been investing heavily.”

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Liam McCallion

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